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Upcycle ideas for the garden. While the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be enticing, remember that new should balance old. Having too many old items (or new items) can take away from your garden's overall appeal . . . If you enjoy this Magazine, you will love my blog: http://upcycledgardenstyle.blogspot.com
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Wine bottle torch

Wine bottle torch | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

This clever outdoor DIY idea comes from Erik Anderson of Gerardot & Co., a creative branding and design agency in Indianapolis, IN.

 

Follow the link to read the instructions for turning an average wine bottle into a stunning tiki torch. http://goo.gl/x82t3

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Flower tower - A stacked container garden

Flower tower - A stacked container garden | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

How to make one of your own:

 

Put a few heavy rocks in the largest container (to stabilize the tower), then place in the permanent position for the container tower. Fill with soil.


Fill three or four additional containers with potting soil. These containers should be several different sizes so they can stack within one another.


Stack the containers on top of one another from largest to smallest.
Plant appropriate plants in the exposed niches of soil for growing conditions and water well.


These stacked container gardening towers can be made from any size of container and are a beautiful addition to any garden. They are best utilized against a wall or arbor to give the container a little extra support.

 

Read the entire article at the source, here: http://goo.gl/6bwTR

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Play outside!

Play outside! | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

The picture is self-explanatory, but please visit the original source for this idea on Facebook, here: http://goo.gl/y01tp

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A new life for an old crib

A new life for an old crib | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

"This beautiful old wrought iron crib was my youngest sons over 31 years ago. Today, it would be considered unsafe, so it would never be used for it's original purpose. It was stored under our house, but when I dragged it out the other day, it brought back so many memories! I bought it back then from an antique store and was told that it was salvaged from an old french hospital that had been torn down.

 

It's now become a comfy bench for my front porch. All I had to do was shorten the legs by about 3 inches and make a cushion. I used an old cutter quilt as the cushion cover. The crib side folds down so it acts as extra support for the seat area, which worked out perfectly."    Marie Wirth in Bethel Island, CA

 

See the before-and-after pictures, here: http://goo.gl/28KUf

 

 

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Above the potting bench

Above the potting bench | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

Another use for repurposed headboards.  "I want one for above my potting bench" - Sweet Pickins

 

See more refurbishing ideas here: http://goo.gl/9gcen

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A special place to yourself

A special place to yourself | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

A perfect hide-away, created from 5 discarded doors.

 

by TinyWhiteDaisies: http://goo.gl/7bnvC

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My Zen water garden

My Zen water garden | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

An 1885 Steinway grand piano that was not able to be restored, so a unique and beautiful fountain was created out of it.

 

See more designs, here - http://goo.gl/XCy2h

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Debbie Avila Newton's comment, August 20, 2012 10:03 AM
I absolutly adore this!
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Great crates!

Great crates! | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

"I love this idea... find several crate wooden boxes and paint them the same color as your bench. Turn them at an angle and just add flowers!" 

 

See more from Southern Life Beautiful: http://goo.gl/TQyjN

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, April 10, 12:53 AM

"I love this idea... find several crate wooden boxes and paint them the same color as your bench.


 

See more from Southern Life Beautiful: http://goo.gl/TQyjN

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What to do with croquet parts & a copper planter

What to do with croquet parts & a copper planter | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

A planter constructed from vintage croquet parts and a copper planter box rescued from the entryway of a 1960s ranch style house; about 38 in long; 9 in wide; 9 in tall.

 

 

More views of the planter are here:  http://goo.gl/ywNqq

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A dry-bed bridge

A dry-bed bridge | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

"My wife wanted a dry-bed bridge for the backyard to compliment all of other landscaping ideas, so this is how it looks! Your probably wondering what this has to do with junk, right? Well, we had this old, beat up headboard and footboard laying around and we wanted the bridge to look unique, so we made those the hand railings. We turned them upside down to give the bridge a unique look, gave the railing a coat of off-white paint, and stained the rest of the bridge a dark green." 

 

See more pictures of this bridge, here:  http://goo.gl/JjJdt

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A vintage headboard fence

A vintage headboard fence | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

The deck steps down to the concrete patio, edged with a vintage headboard fence.

 

See more of Laurel Putman's ideas, here: http://goo.gl/M2cf1

 

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Inspired by charm: Chicken Feeder Planter

Inspired by charm: Chicken Feeder Planter | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

There are more beautiful pictures of this container idea, here:  http://goo.gl/UdHcj

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Create a solar-powered chandelier

Create a solar-powered chandelier | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

Using a chandelier found in the attic of a local antique store, Debra Anchors created this charming feature for her cottage-inspired garden.

 

Once you find a light fixture to re-purpose, strip the wiring and then follow the pictorial instructions to create your own solar-powered chandelier. Debra used a rubber-based, permanent bonding agent to attach the glass to the fixture base. 

 

You can see more of the Gardens Inspired gardens, here:  http://bit.ly/FPAPXO

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Debra Anchors's comment, July 17, 2012 10:02 AM
Holly, the third picture is of an inexpensive set of solar lights. I took them apart and used only the top containing the solar cell, battery, and the pin light. I glued the tops to the glass jars using E-6000 (bonding agent).
holly's comment, July 17, 2012 10:12 AM
sorry I'm a little slow...I see that now. what a cool idea!
Debra Anchors's comment, July 17, 2012 10:21 AM
Not at all Holly - I'm happy you like it!
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How to make-over wicker furniture

How to make-over wicker furniture | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

A charming garden must include somewhere to sit, rest, and ponder. A garage sale, the curb or your favorite resale shop is a great place to find wicker furniture prematurely branded as "junk".

 

Old wicker furniture doesn't need to be sent to the curb. You can revitalize wicker furniture with a fresh coat of paint. Don't be scared of color, it's just as simple to paint over with a more muted tone if you aren't thrilled with the results.

 

Read the how-to from the source, here:  http://goo.gl/NRJG9

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How to make an easy DIY compost bin

How to make an easy DIY compost bin | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

Composting, you have probably thought about it. Visions of a giant heap in your backyard that is smelly turn you off from the idea, though. Or maybe townhome, condo, or apartment living restricts you from even attempting it.

 

Well not any longer.

 

This very simple compost bin gives you the opportunity to try composting without too much commitment, cost, or space needed. It will debunk some of your ideas about composting.

 

Read more tips and how-to from the source, here: http://goo.gl/OBvw1

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"Rain House" creates music when it rains

"Rain House" creates music when it rains | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

If you like the sound of rain, then you would surely like to live in this building in Dresden, Germany.

 

See more pictures from the original article, here: http://goo.gl/Q1c4G

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Big Creek RV Park's curator insight, January 29, 2013 8:47 AM

I know this isn't RVing--but how fun is this? What a GREAT idea!

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Do beautiful things with a barrel

Do beautiful things with a barrel | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

An old rusty chain and delapidated barrel. Imagine the fragrance!

 

See more ideas from Casinha Bonitinha, here: http://goo.gl/mg0S3

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Instead of junk . .

Instead of junk . . | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

Jazz them up! 

 

This idea was found through touchn2btouched.tumblr.com

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Step it up

Step it up | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

Turn a short stepladder into a garden focal point with a coat of bright paint, then decorate the steps with your favorite potted combinations in cans. Look for old ladders at garage and estate sales, thrift stores and flea markets.

 

Recycle flea-market finds, wooden boxes, garden accessories, kitchen bowls and more into fun container gardens. Find more ideas, here: http://goo.gl/bqMJd

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The next time you empty a bottle of wine . . .

The next time you empty a bottle of wine . . . | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

Marbles and a pretty wine bottle can add form and function to your garden.

 

Read about how to make your own drip irrigation system, here:  http://goo.gl/KOi9i

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Big Creek RV Park's curator insight, January 29, 2013 8:49 AM

Wow! Great reuse idea!

Mary Barrett Simpson's comment, February 18, 2013 1:32 PM
Great idea!! Lets drink to that!!!
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The picket toolbox

The picket toolbox | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

The 'picket' toolbox is all about celebrating summer alongside an abundance of color for the patio.

 

Most of these flowers are freshly cut from the garden and sitting in cups of water. The moss addition makes them appear as if they're planted.

 

See more pictures and find out how to make one of your own, here: http://goo.gl/Wnp5Q

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Patriotic garden art

Patriotic garden art | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

Made from over 40, 1962 Michigan licence plates, is this 5-ft. wide United States flag.

 

Read more and view additional pictures, here:  http://goo.gl/O6ytd

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A completely unique birdhouse

A completely unique birdhouse | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

Suzanne Nelson created a completely unique birdhouse. How many odds & ends can you find? 

 

This little house inspires me to find out what I can make from nothing.

 

See more of Suzanne's ideas, here:  http://goo.gl/BLEj2

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Great idea for that 5-gallon bucket

Great idea for that 5-gallon bucket | Upcycled Garden Style | Scoop.it

"I made these planters for carrots and other veggies that can grow in small containers. All you need is a 5 gallon bucket, drill some holes for drainage, wrap in burlap potato sacks and fill with planting mix."

 

Stay abreast of Nicky's other ideas and beautiful photos at Dirt & Martinis: http://goo.gl/EDjHg

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